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Why does ADHD medication cause tics in children?

Why does ADHD medication cause tics in children?

Pharmacology: Tics are repetitive, involuntary, stylized, motor movements involving a single or complex group of muscles. Chemicals that are stimulatory in nature, such as caffeine or methylphenidate, may excite muscle fibers to contract more easily. Brain control of muscle firing may also be increased with these substances. Tics are worsened by stimulants, not caused by them. See my health guides on panda's. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more


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To what extent does medication treat ADHD symptoms in ADHD people?

To what extent does medication treat ADHD symptoms in ADHD people?

Varies: When medications are adjusted by a skilled professional it is often possible to achieve normailzation of function relevant to the adhd symptoms using one or more meds titrated to sufficient dose while watching for side effects. Very often there are other conditions that add to impairment and this makes treatment more challenging. Non-medication measure are always important as well. ...Read more

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Does sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

Does sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

My opinion,yes: I have seen hundreds of children with add, adhd and even autism where there is laboratory proof of vitamin b1 deficiency. This vitamin is of vital importance in the metabolism of sugar. This can and does affect the normal functions of the brain, particularly the part of the brain that deals with emotions. Please see my blog "oxygen, the spark of life". ...Read more

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Does it happen that people get prescribed both ADHD and anxiety medications?

Does it happen that people get prescribed both ADHD and anxiety medications?

Yes: Yes, but this needs to be done by a trained doctor with experience in behavioral/slash mental health issues.And the proper diagnosis.And when other therapeutic interventions have failed. ...Read more

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Can sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

Can sugar really cause hyperactivity in children?

Read on: A simple sugar the body uses for quick energy so initially the child will get a boost but ultimately becaus the Insulin levels go high they get low blood sugar and get lethargic cranky etc. And crave more sugar. If u mean does it cause adhd no. ...Read more

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If one stimulant for ADHD causes me more anxiety will all stimulant medication cause me anxiety? Does the anxiety go away?

If one stimulant for ADHD causes me more anxiety will all stimulant medication cause me anxiety? Does the anxiety go away?

Not necessarily, tho: Lots of caffeine + a methylphenidate or an amphetamine is probably not a good idea. Either stimulant can increase anxiety in a person with adhd & comorbid anxiety disorder(s) or decrease anxiety from a situational reaction to inability to please teachers, parents, bosses, meet deadlines, sustain relationships, etc. Because of having untreated adhd. The fda-approved adjunct Intuniv may help. ...Read more

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Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? .

Are children with ADHD always hyperactive? Can a child have ADHD and not show symptoms of hyperactivity? 

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1) No. 2) Yes: Adhd-primarily inattentive type (ia) replaced add as a diagnosis when research showed that the underlying neurobiological & neurochemical bases were the same as for adhd-combined type, which has significant symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity.Adhd-ia is the most common type but c (or h/i in preschoolers) is more commonly referred. Ia is related to academic difficulties. ...Read more

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Can sugar-intake really cause hyperactivity in children?

Can sugar-intake really cause hyperactivity in children?

In some, yes it does: Yes, high sugar intake can genuinely affect some kids this way. If your child is having this kind of trouble, it's worth it to see if staying away from sugar as much as possible, might help. You can also take him or her for an evaluation by a pediatrician -- especially a behavioral pediatrician, or child psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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How does ADHD medication affect the brain of someone who does not have adhd?

How does ADHD medication affect the brain of someone who does not have adhd?

Just like "Speed": Frequently medications used for adhd are stimulants. Brain of those with adhd is different and are slowed down by these medications as opposed to "getting high" which would be reaction if not adhd. Use of these medications if not adhd is not only illegal, but potentially addictive and result in socially inappropriate and possibly life threating behavior. ...Read more

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Does the medication guanfacine for tic disorders really work?

Does the medication guanfacine for tic disorders really work?

Questionable: According to recent studies (srour et al., 2008) there is controversy as to guanfacine’s usefulness in treating tics. There has been success when tic symptoms are occurring with adhd, and as such, Guanfacine and other alpha-2-adrenergic agonists (clonidine) are commonly the first choice for treatment. ...Read more

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Can allergy medication cause kids to have temper tantrums?

Can allergy medication cause kids to have temper tantrums?

Yes: Most allergy medications contain antihistamines which can cause behavioral changes, including temper tantrums. Sedation is the most common side effect but paradoxical reactions including hyperactivity and irritability are possible. ...Read more

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Are tics in adults from ADHD meds permanent? How can they be treated?

Are tics in adults from ADHD meds permanent? How can they be treated?

Tics from meds?: When stimulants used to treat ADD/ADHD trigger tics, they willl resolve when the medications are discontinued. However tics appear in children at an age when ADD is diagnosed. If the tics persist, they are not related to the medication. Effective management can be achieved with Clonidine, Tenex, (guanfacine) Clonazepam and other medications that block the action of brain Dopamine. ...Read more

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Is it true that generally ritalin (methylphenidate) helps more for people with ADHD (with hyperactivity), and Adderall helps more for ADHD people without hyperactivity?

Is it true that generally ritalin (methylphenidate) helps more for people with ADHD (with hyperactivity), and Adderall helps more for ADHD people without hyperactivity?

Not really: Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall are similar. Adderall has mor effects on norepinephrine and can better help prefrontal action such as organizing and planning. In general, Adderall is more potent and more abused than ritalin (methylphenidate). ...Read more

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Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris

Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris

Changing brain: It may be some time before we know. However, the young and adolescent brain is going through dramatic changes in is linkages/interconnections that does not occur after ~ age 25 when the brain reaches maturity. Ssri's at any dose alter neurotransmitters, and its effect on the changing brain is unpredictable even in experienced hands. ...Read more

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Can concerta cause meltdowns in adults? Psychiatrist said to stop taking Concerta & Ritalin (methylphenidate) even though I had meltdowns b4 diagnosis of ADHD & Bipolar

Can concerta cause meltdowns in adults? Psychiatrist said to stop taking Concerta & Ritalin (methylphenidate) even though I had meltdowns b4 diagnosis of ADHD & Bipolar

Please be specific: It would be helpful if you would define what you mean by "meltdown," as this term is used very loosely and can mean different things to different people. Certainly these medications can have untoward side effects. Since it appears that you are working with a psychiatrist, it would probably be best to ask her/him the rationale behind the recommendation to stop Concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate). All the best. ...Read more

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What nutrition related problems are seen in children on ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?

What nutrition related problems are seen in children on ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?

Decreased appetite: All the stimulants, including Ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall, have the potential to supress a child's appetite. Thus monitoring of weight and nutritional status is essential. Maintaining a healthy diet on these medications is a must! consulting a nutritionist as well as the prescribing physician may help. ...Read more

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Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

Do you know of over-the-counter medications for children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

Possibly: Many conditions may mimic adhd. Discuss with your pediatrician. Sleep disorders may respond to melatonin, dietary issues may respond to otc medications and dietary supplements. Caffiene's stimulant property can be helpful but can have problems with managing doseage and is short acting. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Can antibiotics cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder?

Antibiotics and seiz: It is rare, although I have not seen or heard of any case, it is possible, whether from the organism or the antibiotic itself. ...Read more

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Why isn't there more research going into developing non-addictive ADHD meds for adults? Strattera (atomoxetine) doesn't seem to work for many people.

Have effective meds: There are already medications that are not addictive, such as Provigil, nuvigil, Amantadine. Even the stimulants such as methylphenidate such as EitLin and Concerta as well as amphetamines such as Adderall and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are not addictive when prescribed for ADHD and a pAtient follows doctors instructions with regular monitoring. It is when not taken as prescribed or without monitoring addictive. ...Read more

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Why does ADHD medication cause tics in children?

Pharmacology: Tics are repetitive, involuntary, stylized, motor movements involving a single or complex group of muscles. Chemicals that are stimulatory in nature, such as caffeine or methylphenidate, may excite muscle fibers to contract more easily. Brain control of muscle firing may also be increased with these substances. Tics are worsened by stimulants, not caused by them. See my health guides on panda's. ...Read more

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Is there an ADHD medication that doesn't cause neck pain/tics as a side effect?

Is there an ADHD medication that doesn't cause neck pain/tics as a side effect?

Non stimulants: Stratterra and Intuniv are the two non-stimulants. Of the two Intuniv is the less likely to cause tics. Also consider seeing a homeopathic doctor as those meds are not pharmaceutical! check out nativeremedies.Com- bright spark. It works well for some and not others and if it doesn't work well that means you need a better history and a homeopathic doctor will be able to do that. ...Read more

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Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

Is clonidine good medication to treat tics and adhd?

For Tics Primarily: Clonidine is , in fact , a proven agent to control tics. Side effect potential needs to be monitered.It is the the best mediaction to control symptoms of add/adhd however. And it should be a last resort. ...Read more

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I have ADHD and the medication side effects are beggining to give me tics/tourrettes. Should i stop?

I have ADHD and the medication side effects are beggining to give me tics/tourrettes. Should i stop?

Discuss with doctor: Many of the stimulant medications can exacerbate tics. Some of the other medications used for adhd also treat tics. It is important to discuss with you treating physician as options would include switching the medication, adding another medication, or stopping the medication. ...Read more

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What medication(s) would be good for anxiety & ADHD while not causing any movement issues such as twitches or tics? or any movement disorders?

What medication(s) would be good for anxiety & ADHD while not causing any movement issues such as twitches or tics? or any movement disorders?

I agree. Studies : show that the stimulants, methylphenidate (MPH) & amphetamine (AMPH) can increase, decrease or cause no change in pre-existing tics. If you know that MPH exacerbates your tics, your doctor can try AMPH after you've been off the MPH a couple of days. Other options are trying non-stimulants. You & your doctor have to devise a game plan, then communicate frequently about effects & side-effects. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are my many motor tics caused by my OCD and adhd?

Please tell me, are my many motor tics caused by my OCD and adhd?

Some: Most motor tics associated with adhd are related to medication side effects. Some tics, motor or other types are unrelated to either disorder. OCD tics would have an anxiety reducing component to them. See a doctor to get some professional perspective on this. ...Read more

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Is it likely bad to have tics when taking an ADHD med?

Is it likely bad to have tics when taking an ADHD med?

It s just too much: Lots of patients would develop tics when the dose is too high for them. You may just need a dose adjustment, consult with your prescribing dr. If you have tics at any dose, maybe it s time to consider a switch to another type of treatment. ...Read more

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If my little guy start taking meds for ADHD but his tics still remain, what are the options?

Wait or change meds: Stimulant meds (as for adhd) can make tics worse nonstimulant meds (like Guanfacine or clondine) don't tend to make tics worse but rarely make tics improve most kids outgrow tics, so waiting is an option if the tics are especially bothersome or disruptive, there are a few meds that pediatric neurologists will consider trying to see if they help diminish tics (but don't work very well, usually). ...Read more

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Are tics in adults from ADHD meds permanent? How can they be treated?

Tics from meds?: When stimulants used to treat ADD/ADHD trigger tics, they willl resolve when the medications are discontinued. However tics appear in children at an age when ADD is diagnosed. If the tics persist, they are not related to the medication. Effective management can be achieved with Clonidine, Tenex, (guanfacine) Clonazepam and other medications that block the action of brain Dopamine. ...Read more

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My son got a tic with his first attempt at using a stimulant for ADHD. He is now on Intuniv, but not working too well. Would strattera (atomoxetine) work better?

My son got  a tic with his first attempt at using a stimulant for ADHD. He is now  on Intuniv, but not working too well. Would strattera (atomoxetine) work better?

Maybe. Tics may be : unmasked by one stimulant, but not the the other. Guanfacine, active ingredient of Intuniv, treats tics. If your son's ADHD symptoms need to be reduced in a few days, not a few weeks, his MD can add low dose amphetamine if he tried methylphenidate, or vice-versa, then titrate it weekly in small increments. If she does so, Intuniv dose should stay the same during stimulant titration. ...Read more

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My 6 yr old was diagnosed with pdd-nos ADHD odd tics anxiety and expressive and receptive language disorder how do I deal with the melt downs?

Combination approach: Programs for management would include medications such as stimulants and Amantadine, clonidine for the tics and anxiety and consult with a behavioral psychologist. A consultation with a speech and language therapist may help with the language difficulties. ...Read more

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What are other options in medications that deal with ADHD that don't cause insomnia?

What are other options in medications that deal with ADHD that don't cause insomnia?

Medications for ADHD: May contribute to insomnia but adhd itself may do so. Proper treatment of adhd may eliminate sleep problems that are from adhd. If meds (stimulants like methylphenidate & amphetamines) cause sleep problem then talk with prescriber about other options including (add-on or replacement by) clonidine, guanfacine, or atomoxetine. ...Read more

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Can ADHD cause that someone become slow in thinking (without medication) ? Or OCD can cause that ?I mean being slow during the exams for example. ?

Add: If you have untreated add you can have difficulty concentrating and slowness of thinking and problem with focus and you might wanna consider an evaluation and proper treatment by a professional. ...Read more

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Is synaptol medication effective for ADHD children?

Is synaptol medication effective for ADHD children?

No scientific : Evidence supports this claim. It seems that the company has marketed its product outside the U.S.A. After this action of 3/21/13: "the national advertising division has recommended that hello life, llc, discontinue unsupported claims that its synaptol, a homeopathic remedy, treats or relieves symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." please use chadd.Org for valid information on adhd. ...Read more

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How can the headaches caused by ADHD medication be cured?

How can the headaches caused by ADHD medication be cured?

Stop/change the med: If the med is causing your headache, the best treatment is stopping that medicine. You should inform your doc of the side effect of your current med and possibly you will be evaluated and prescribed a different medication. Fortunately, there are many choices now for adhd treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ADHD medication shift your cause of distraction to love?

Can ADHD medication shift your cause of distraction to love?

STRANGE QUESTION: Who or what do you love? Adhd medication and love are hard to connect after many years of working with both. Perhaps a therapist might be able to help phrase the right question and find the answer. ...Read more

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Does ADHD medication increase the risk of suicide in young children?

No: None of the standard medications for adhd are associated with suicidality in young children. Atomoxetine (strattera) has been associated with a slight increase in suicidation in adolescents and adults, however. Any time a new medication is started the parents or the patient should be in close contact with the doctor, communicating any concern that arises. ...Read more

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Is it illegal to deny medications for children that are clinically diagnosed with adhd?

Is it illegal to deny medications for children that are clinically diagnosed with adhd?

No: According to amer acad peditrics practice guidelines for adhd, a doctor must recommend stimulant medication. The parents have ultimate say in what/how their child is treated. Having said that, untreated adhd is such a devastating, chronically pervasive condition that not treating it amounts to sentencing a child to an inferior life, increasing risk for drugs, motor accidents, financial problems. ...Read more

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Are there different medications necessary to help with adhd, inattentive type children?

Are there different medications necessary to help with adhd, inattentive type children?

No: Inattentive add will respond to much the same medications as adhd , although with much individual variation, and yes.., some kids only improve with medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Tics (Definition)

Repetitive movements include motor tics such as lip smacking, head turning, jerking, or tremor : verbal tics such ...Read more